2020 – Year of the Great Film Watch

I’m not a great watcher of films, but my boyfriend really is. Over the last year, we’ve had numerous film nights, to the point where we can’t remember if we’ve seen a movie or not. I’ve always had the same problem: not remembering what I’ve seen, unless it makes a huge impact. So here, I’ll try to chronicle what we saw and what we enjoyed. This post will be added to and expanded as my memory allows.

First watches:
Venom
Spiderman: Far From Home
The Joker
Unhinged
Unfriended
The Trench
Greyhound
Extract
Bloodshot
The New Mutants (bad)
Greenland
2067
Ad Astra
Freaks (my top watch of the year)
Mulan
Jumanji: The Next Level
Tesla
Us
Ava
Gamer
Tenet
Coherence
Bumblebee

Rewatches:
Ready Player One
I Am Legend
The Jungle Book
Leon
American Psycho




Oops, I did it again

Had a good day at work, made amazing progress with my research, felt well rested – so naturally, for no reason, I started chewing my lip again. Relapsing after 20 years is strange to the point of inexplicable.

The best way I can describe it, is that it feels like you’re eating a cancer out of the innards of your lip. The blood tastes sweet, the pain is immense, the membrane is stringy, and it just feels incredible.

Never mind I have blood literally flowing from my mouth right now and all over my arms. Never mind I’ve almost bitten a hole. Never mind this will give me weeks of unpleasant agony and I won’t be able to talk properly.

3 months since I last did it. This time 4 times as bad. Two painkillers, two sleeping pills, then bed. If anything happens to me, I went out on a high.

The Great Migration

I’ve decided it’s finally time to migrate all my websites and projects to a new server. I’ve installed Centos 8.2 and will initally be using Caddy as a webserver.

The migrations starts with my static websites – then I’ll be moving my WordPress sites across (this is a WordPress website), and finally my webapps and custom coded sites.

I’ve hosted my latest project – Survival Supply – over on Shopify, but will attempt to build a a custom solution over the next 12 months.

You can check it out here:

https://survivalsupply.co.uk

Losing count

I’ve lost count of how much money I’ve made so far this year. I am guessing I’m close to my $100K, but until the dust settles in June or July, I have no clue. My life is currently a whirlwind of buying goods & stuffing boxes: every penny I take goes into backordered goods, more boxes get stuffed, more painkillers get taken.

There’ll come a point where all the orders are fulfilled, cancelled or refunded. That’s when I’ll know what I’ve actually made.

For now, I’m not getting a moment’s rest. Making money can be hard work sometimes.

The Great Stock Clearance

trophies

There’s around 2,000 trophies in my house that I haven’t labelled or sent to the Amazon warehouse. I’ve been working on them since the start of the year, and I’m about halfway through now. A lot of these are trophies made from components, which I assemble myself: it’s actual hard work! That said, the house is feeling emptier and cleaner now… which means we can finally move the components I put into storage out of storage, and start to make even more trophies from them.

As soon as the trophies are in the Amazon warehouse, I can focus on building my own website: but for now that seems like it could be months away. So, I’ll just sit in my chair, carry on making trophies and watching television, until the work is done.

This is a once in a lifetime clearout of components that have been sitting in the house since my father passed away 8 years ago. It’s a long run, but it will be worth it.

Expansion week | international listings & advertising campaigns.

With the full selection of products online on Amazon, my next task is to expand those offers across all the countries that Amazon reaches. Yes, postage costs a fortune – but in hard to reach areas, I figure that people are used to paying the postage. After assessing the demand, I can look at how to ship to warehouses around the world to reduce those costs.

The first things I’m doing, locally, is tripling my advertising spend. My current aCos is 2% – I can afford to increase the aCos to 40% and make less profit per sale if it gets me enough sales. I will monitor it for a week, and see where the aCos is at: then I will either increase or decrease again.

Then I’m creating listings for all the new markets. Sadly the inventory uploader file is different for every country, Amazon aren’t known for making things easy. I’m starting with UAE as its a fairly new market – then USA, then Canada, then Australia, Finally, Italy, France, Spain and Germany. I need a German Tax ID to sell on Amazon Germany, so that’s going to be a bother – and soon, Amazon will be requiring French Tax IDs, too.

My final targets will be Japan and Mexico. Even I’m not cheeky enough to try offering Chinese products back to the Chinese market at a UK price… although maybe I should?

Monitoring the progress of each country is going to take time, to make sure each remains profitable, however once in place & working, the international aspect will provide another income stream.